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 Question by bill sadler posted 08 Apr 2006
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I am setting up xbox live and i need a 100' ethernet cabel. i would like to know the difference between cat 5, cat 5e, and cat 6 cabels. they look the same does 1 cary data better. please get back to me a.s.a.p.
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 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 10 Apr 2006
Dear bill,

First Category 5 is no longer part of the standards and has been replaced by category 5e.

Category 5e and 6 can both handle up to 1000BaseT Ethernet signals. I believe that most Xboxes work at 100BaseT. Category 6 is more robust then 5e and will give you more overhead thus reducing errors and resends but if the cable is not abused (kinks, knots, sharp bends etc.) then I do not see category 6 performing with any real improvement over 5e.

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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